Resurrection Hope    

What a glorious thing it is to bring hope to people.  The Bible says that three realities will abide throughout time: faith, hope, and love (1 Cor. 13:13).  Hope is often the forgotten member of that trio.  Many believe hope is unrealistic.  Ancient philosophers such as Aristotle did not think hope was a virtue, but rather a passion. Hope was something that hindered rational living by fostering unrealistic expectations.  Perhaps at our low moments we all face hopelessness.
Two thousand years ago the disciples must have felt the same way. Where had their hope gone?  After the Lord’s death, they were shell-shocked.  At this point, they were not expecting a happy ending.  John 20:9 (KJV)       9 “For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.”  Then they found an empty tomb!
Was the body stolen?  John 20:1-2   ¹ “The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. ²Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.”
It appeared that evil had triumphed.  His followers were understandably terrified.  If God is defeated, what hope is there?  When faith grows dim, then hope is lost.   But then came the greatest surprise in history, the Resurrection of Jesus!   No one saw it happen. Not a single person.  They only saw the results.   First there was the empty tomb which added to their despair. Next, they saw Christ.   Their faith was weak until it became sight.  Luke 24:25-26 (KJV) ²⁵ “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ²⁶Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”
Upon seeing the resurrected Lord Thomas had a rekindled faith, John 20:28-29 (KJV) ²⁸“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. ²⁹Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
We are “they that have not seen” of verse 29.  Today, it requires faith, not sight to be a follower of Jesus. And yet this faith gives us reason to have hope.  Nothing Can Overcome God’s Power.  The Resurrection proves that nothing can overcome God’s love and power.  He promises: we also will be raised. 1 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV) ¹⁴ “And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.”
Anticipate God’s power in your life. Expect the unexpected.  Watch for surprising outcomes!  Jesus can give us peace even when our world is collapsing.  Both doubt and fear see only obstacles, but faith sees a way.  This faith gives us hope as we face the chilling tide of death.  We should live a life of faith that creates hope so that we have no fear of death.  “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness!  Hope for entrance into the Kingdom of God!  Hope for the Resurrection from the grave to eternally live with God!

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